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The Energy industry as a whole closed the day down 1.2% versus the S&P 500, which was down 0.1%. Laggards within the Energy industry included CKX Lands ( CKX), down 3.0%, Barnwell Industries ( BRN), down 2.1%, PostRock Energy ( PSTR), down 5.2%, WSP Holdings ( WH), down 3.4% and FieldPoint Petroleum ( FPP), down 1.8%.

TheStreet Ratings Group would like to highlight 3 stocks that pushed the industry lower today:

Imperial Oil ( IMO) is one of the companies that pushed the Energy industry lower today. Imperial Oil was down $0.91 (1.8%) to $50.43 on average volume. Throughout the day, 170,584 shares of Imperial Oil exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 165,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $50.24-$51.28 after having opened the day at $51.02 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $51.34.

Imperial Oil Limited is engaged in the exploration for, production, and sale of crude oil and natural gas in Canada. The company operates through three segments: Upstream, Downstream, and Chemical. Imperial Oil has a market cap of $43.9 billion and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday. Currently there are no analysts who rate Imperial Oil a buy, 1 analyst rates it a sell, and 2 rate it a hold.

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TheStreet Ratings rates Imperial Oil as a buy. The company's strengths can be seen in multiple areas, such as its revenue growth, solid stock price performance, attractive valuation levels, good cash flow from operations and increase in net income. We feel these strengths outweigh the fact that the company has had somewhat disappointing return on equity.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on IMO go as follows:

  • The revenue growth came in higher than the industry average of 3.5%. Since the same quarter one year prior, revenues rose by 15.0%. Growth in the company's revenue appears to have helped boost the earnings per share.
  • Investors have apparently begun to recognize positive factors similar to those we have mentioned in this report, including earnings growth. This has helped drive up the company's shares by a sharp 28.06% over the past year, a rise that has exceeded that of the S&P 500 Index. Regarding the stock's future course, although almost any stock can fall in a broad market decline, IMO should continue to move higher despite the fact that it has already enjoyed a very nice gain in the past year.
  • The net income growth from the same quarter one year ago has exceeded that of the S&P 500 and greatly outperformed compared to the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry average. The net income increased by 18.5% when compared to the same quarter one year prior, going from $798.00 million to $946.00 million.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 81.74% to $1,085.00 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, IMPERIAL OIL LTD has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 16.72%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: Imperial Oil Ratings Report

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At the close, WSP Holdings ( WH) was down $0.03 (3.4%) to $0.76 on light volume. Throughout the day, 6,102 shares of WSP Holdings exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 60,500 shares. The stock ranged in price between $0.76-$0.82 after having opened the day at $0.82 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $0.79.

WSP Holdings Limited, together with its subsidiaries, manufactures and sells seamless oil country tubular goods. WSP Holdings has a market cap of $16.4 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are down 71.1% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

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TheStreet Ratings rates WSP Holdings as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its feeble growth in its earnings per share, deteriorating net income, generally high debt management risk, disappointing return on equity and poor profit margins.

Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on WH go as follows:

  • WSP HOLDINGS LTD has experienced a steep decline in earnings per share in the most recent quarter in comparison to its performance from the same quarter a year ago. The company has suffered a declining pattern earnings per share over the past two years. During the past fiscal year, WSP HOLDINGS LTD reported poor results of -$4.12 versus -$3.30 in the prior year.
  • The company, on the basis of change in net income from the same quarter one year ago, has significantly underperformed when compared to that of the S&P 500 and the Energy Equipment & Services industry. The net income has significantly decreased by 55.5% when compared to the same quarter one year ago, falling from -$16.61 million to -$25.83 million.
  • The debt-to-equity ratio is very high at 6.75 and currently higher than the industry average, implying increased risk associated with the management of debt levels within the company. Along with this, the company manages to maintain a quick ratio of 0.33, which clearly demonstrates the inability to cover short-term cash needs.
  • Return on equity has greatly decreased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of major weakness within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Energy Equipment & Services industry and the overall market, WSP HOLDINGS LTD's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for WSP HOLDINGS LTD is rather low; currently it is at 20.56%. Despite the low profit margin, it has increased significantly from the same period last year. Despite the mixed results of the gross profit margin, WH's net profit margin of -21.64% significantly underperformed when compared to the industry average.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: WSP Holdings Ratings Report

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PostRock Energy ( PSTR) was another company that pushed the Energy industry lower today. PostRock Energy was down $0.07 (5.2%) to $1.28 on average volume. Throughout the day, 31,766 shares of PostRock Energy exchanged hands as compared to its average daily volume of 31,300 shares. The stock ranged in price between $1.28-$1.35 after having opened the day at $1.33 as compared to the previous trading day's close of $1.35.

PostRock Energy Corporation, an independent oil and gas company, is engaged in the acquisition, exploration, development, production, and gathering of crude oil and natural gas. PostRock Energy has a market cap of $41.1 million and is part of the basic materials sector. Shares are up 16.4% year-to-date as of the close of trading on Thursday.

TheStreet Ratings rates PostRock Energy as a sell. The company's weaknesses can be seen in multiple areas, such as its generally high debt management risk and generally disappointing historical performance in the stock itself.

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Highlights from TheStreet Ratings analysis on PSTR go as follows:

  • Currently the debt-to-equity ratio of 1.69 is quite high overall and when compared to the industry average, suggesting that the current management of debt levels should be re-evaluated. Along with the unfavorable debt-to-equity ratio, PSTR maintains a poor quick ratio of 0.85, which illustrates the inability to avoid short-term cash problems.
  • PSTR has underperformed the S&P 500 Index, declining 24.46% from its price level of one year ago. The fact that the stock is now selling for less than others in its industry in relation to its current earnings is not reason enough to justify a buy rating at this time.
  • The company's current return on equity greatly increased when compared to its ROE from the same quarter one year prior. This is a signal of significant strength within the corporation. Compared to other companies in the Oil, Gas & Consumable Fuels industry and the overall market, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP's return on equity significantly trails that of both the industry average and the S&P 500.
  • The gross profit margin for POSTROCK ENERGY CORP is rather high; currently it is at 52.89%. It has increased significantly from the same period last year. Regardless of the strong results of the gross profit margin, the net profit margin of -29.00% is in-line with the industry average.
  • Net operating cash flow has significantly increased by 153.69% to $1.52 million when compared to the same quarter last year. In addition, POSTROCK ENERGY CORP has also vastly surpassed the industry average cash flow growth rate of 16.72%.

You can view the full analysis from the report here: PostRock Energy Ratings Report

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